The Mists of Avalon Book Summary and Study Guide

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Based on Arthurian Legend, Morgaine LeFay becomes a priestess and struggles against society and herself to keep Avalon from receding into the Mists. It is sort of the "untold" story of Arthur.
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The review of this Book prepared by Amanthrael

This is the story of King Arthur retold from the point of women, mainly Morgaine. It is told how she came to bear Arthur a child and how after she became his enemy.
The review of this Book prepared by Lani

This novel is a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the perspectives of the most important women involved, including the Lady Igrane, Morgaine le Fey, Viviane the Lady of the Lake, Gwenhyfar, and several others. It never claims to be telling the “true” story of the great King Arthur, but tells the story the way it was seen, mostly by Morgaine, Arthur's half-sister, lover, and friend. This wonderfully crafted novel conveys so much raw emotion that the reader cannot help but feel they are inside it's world.
The review of this Book prepared by Colleen

An unforgettable interpretation of King Arthur as told by the women in his life. Arthurs' sister, Morgaine becomes a prominent part of the tale, showing that her struggle with becoming a priestess of Avalon and her love for someone she could not have is as compelling as Arthur's story.
The review of this Book prepared by Laurie Poisson

This is a re-telling of the Arthurian legend, as told through the eyes of the women in his life. Morgaine, his half-sister, Gwennyfwahr his queen and Vivianne, the Lady of the Lake.

A very vivid and involved story, the characters are well written and you really feel like you are there.

Annette Gisby, author of Silent Screams
The review of this Book prepared by Annette Gisby

This book is about the legend of King Arthur, as told through the eyes of the women who possessed power from behind the throne. It is mainly focused upon Morgaine, Arthur's half-sister, who was raised in Avalon to be a priestess and worshipper of the Mother Goddess, but flees after a devastating encounter with Arthur leaves her shaken, distressed, and pregnant (literally).
The review of this Book prepared by Cameron Santiago

A female perspective on the life of King Arthur. Arthur is seen as a political pawn with relatively little power, while his wife, sister, mother and aunt are responsible for his throne.
The review of this Book prepared by mermaid130

Fabulous retelling of the story of King Arthur from his half-sister's point of view.
The review of this Book prepared by Cress

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 17.5%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 32.5%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   King Arthur Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Political power play    -   Yes Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   religious figure If magical mental powers:    -   can see into the future    -   can cast many different spells    -   can read emotions    -   healing


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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